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BEMIDJI — For more than 40 years, Vicki Magnuson has been making it a tradition to perform in the Bemidji Area Community Band during its summer concert series. And this year will be no different. Magnuson, a clarinet player, will be one of many instrumentalists playing in the band’s annual Fourth of July concert Sunday. More than 40 community band members will present a free concert at 7 p.m. on the south side lawn of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be relocated to the Thompson Recital Hall.
BEMIDJI — Area aviation enthusiasts are working to spark more of an interest here, and they hope scheduled attractions over the patriotic holiday can help the dream take off. The Mississippi Headwaters Flyers of Bemidji is offering the public a chance to get up close and personal with a number of different aircraft this week, including a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor airplane, which was giving flight tours on Monday. Commonly referred to as the “Tin Goose,” the historic plane will be stationed at Bemidji Regional Airport from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
BEMIDJI — A Bemidji man will be honored Wednesday for his dedicated services to France during World War II. John O’Boyle, 91, of Bemidji, will be presented the National Order of the Legion of Honour from the French government in recognition for his services to the country during World War II. Presenting the award Wednesday will be U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., at the Beltrami County Administration Building in the county board room starting at 9 a.m. "I think the award is more important than the recipient," O’Boyle said.
BEMIDJI — The course was set, the robots were placed and the competitors of the Dream It, Do It / VEX robotics camp waited for their signal to enter the arena. "Thumbs up and ready to drive?" Andrew Dahlen, a robotics camp organizer, asked the students.
BEMIDJI — The roles of students and teachers were flipped this week, as area school officials gathered at Bemidji State University to learn how to better improve the learning experience they provide to students. A number of teachers and administrators from seven school districts took part in a four-day conference hosted by the Center for Authentic Intellectual Work, which is designed to improve the quality of teaching. Fred Nolan, AIW executive director, said the goal of the conference is for teachers to better help students develop higher thinking order, demonstrate a complex
BEMIDJI — Legislation that would improve the well-being of veterans was the center of discussion between lawmakers and community members during a forum here Thursday morning. Staff members from Sen. Al Franken’s, D-Minn., office met with area veterans and veterans’ advocates at the Law Enforcement Center boardroom to explain two pieces of veteran’s legislation and to hear suggestions from those in attendance on how to improve the bills.
BEMIDJI — Trilling and carefully articulated syncopated notes filled the sanctuary at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church during the Church Musicians Summer Recital series Wednesday afternoon. The concert performance, presented by area flutists Erin Reiss, Kiki Schnackenberg and Katrina Stewart, included a variety of solo and group pieces that lasted about a half hour. “It was just good to provide entertainment to them (the audience) and bring them the same joy music brings me,” said Schnackenberg. A popular, weekly event, the church was filled to near capacity.
BEMIDJI — The late arrival of spring, an increase in moisture and steady warming trends has Elizabeth Schiffman, a Minnesota Department of Health epidemiologist, worried about the impending rise in mosquito and tick populations around Minnesota. "We have already been seeing a lot of pest mosquitoes this year," Schiffman said.
BEMIDJI — An annual summer event is expanding its schedule of festivities. The Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival is giving competitors another opportunity to race by adding the Dondelinger GM Sprint Cup to its list of events July 31-Aug. 4. “It adds more dragon boat racing, which is the whole impetus of the event,” said Brian Bissonette, festival marketing director. “It was a natural addition.” The 200-meter race, to be hosted Aug.
BEMIDJI – The elements of poetry took center attention on Saturday, concluding the 2013 Bemidji Public Library Book Festival. Nearly 20 avid writers met with Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen Saturday morning for her "In the Mouth of Language" workshop to hone their poetry writing talents. "Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and there are a lot of great poets here," Sutphen said.